|Steve Madden Stecy Sandal in Natural (reviewed here) | Steve Madden Carrson Sandal in Sand Suede|
“Sand” is a fairly accurate description of the color—it’s a tan (or light brown) with yellow undertones. The fit is true to size for Steve Madden sandals, or about a half to full size smaller than mass market retail sizing. I normally wear a 6 or 6.5 in sandals and went up to a size 7 in the Carrson Sandal (my feet are slightly wide and generally fit a 6.5W or 7M in closed- or pointed-toe shoes; lengthwise my feet fit a 6 or 6.5).
|Steve Madden Stecy Sandal size 7 | Steve Madden Carrson Sandal size 7|
The style is flattering and the block heel makes the height (4″) more manageable than shoes with stiletto heels (as much as I love the look of the Stecy Sandal, reviewed here, they cannot be worn for more than a few hours at a time standing or sitting; walking briskly should never be attempted in those shoes).
Having said this, it’s likely that anyone with wider-than-medium feet (like mine) will find the front toe strap uncomfortable over time. The ankle straps are also fairly thin and can cause discomfort if buckled at the wrong setting. The footbed is adequately cushioned, though trying to walk long distances in these shoes is still unwise. If you are looking for a low-heeled version of the Carrson, consider the Steve Madden Irenee Ankle Strap Sandal which is well-reviewed and has 2″ block heels.
However, for how pretty they are, I am willing to compromise on comfort. I ended up ordering and keeping the shoes in Blue Suede and have been wearing them with my small army of white rompers and dresses with frequency.
Buy the Steve Madden Carrson Sandal in Yellow Suede (also here), Dark Red, Black Leather, Tan Leather, White Leather, Blush Patent, Taupe Suede, Glitter Multi, Black Patent, Black Suede, Silver Metal, Navy Suede, Coral Suede, Rose Multi, Blue Suede, Gold, Pink Multi, and Olive Suede.